The deadline to fix millions of first-generation smart meters at risk of going “dumb” was quietly extended by a year, The Telegraph can disclose. More than 20 million smart meters have been installed in homes as part of the Government’s plan to modernise the energy grid and reduce power usage. However, an estimated 14 million are first-generation devices which often lose their smart functions when a customer switches supplier, meaning they do not display usage in real time or send readings automatically. The latest delay means that customers with meters which were supposed to be fixed or replaced by the end of the year could have to wait until the end of 2021 for an upgrade. A programme to connect the devices to a national network began in August last year and was supposed to conclude by this December. But this newspaper has learnt that in March the Government shifted this crucial deadline.
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